Free educational activities to more than 2,500 community children annually


Through partnerships with Fischoff Competition alumni, Fischoff’s Arts-in-Education Residency programs bring exceptional free educational activities to more than 2,500 community children annually.  Since 1995, Fischoff’s outreach programs have reached over 88,645 children and youth throughout Northern Indiana and Southwestern Michigan, placing a particular emphasis on underserved and at-risk communities.

Fischoff’s educational programs enrich the musical and cultural life of the community through personal interaction with musicians of the highest caliber.  Artists perform for and interact with children, creating an open educational environment for those who may have limited experience in classical music.  The programs are taken directly to audiences in familiar environments – in schools, libraries and community centers. For many, the programs are their first exposure to a live performance of classical music by professional musicians.

All of Fischoff’s educational programs are offered at no cost to participants. 

S.A.M. I Am (Stories & Music), the flagship program of Fischoff’s Arts-in-Education residencies, reinforces the importance of reading through the power of music. S.A.M. I Am programs allow children, ages 5-10, to hear books transformed with flair and imagination by nationally-recognized musicians, all of whom are Fischoff Competition alumni.  The program integrates music with literacy, storytelling and drama.  Musicians often perform in costume, and instruments and melodies may represent characters, themes, and moods from the story.  Programs are offered in school settings, and all classroom teachers receive a free copy of the book in advance of the program to incorporate the story into their curriculum.  To date, 36,808 children have been served by this program.

Peer Ambassadors for Chamber Music (PACMan) pairs the Fischoff Competition's younger ensembles with area schoolchildren, to offer a friendly introduction to chamber music.

Master classes and music workshops are presented by residency ensembles to middle- and high-school-aged students.


Jasper String Quartet Educator Award Residency 2016 - 2017

Fischoff is delighted to announce that JASPER STRING QUARTET has been selected as the winner of the 2016 Fischoff Educator Award. This national award recognizes the educational outreach work of Fischoff Competition alumni who have demonstrated outstanding and imaginative programming for children and youth in the United States. It honors musicians who have established professional careers in chamber music, and have proven their ability to successfully build a career in bothe chamber music performance and outreach education.

As the winner of the Fischoff Educator Award, Jasper String Quartet will receive a coveted endorsement from Fischoff, a cash award, and a week of community outreach programs in the South Bend region October 24-27, 2016 as part of Fischoff's award-winning Arts-in-Education Residency. They will present five SAM-I-Am Stories and Music programs to Title 1 schools in our community, and will hold orchestra workshops for middle school and high school students. An evening performance will be held at the History Museum.

In 2008, the Jaspers swept through the competition circuit, winn the Grand Prize and the Audience Prize in the Plowman Chamber Music Competition, the Grand Prize at the Coleman Competition, First Prize at Chamber Music Yellow Springs, and the Silver Medal a the 2008 and 2009 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competitions. They were also the first ensemble honored with Yale School of Music's Horatio Parker Memorial Prize, an award established in 1945 and selected by faculty for "best fulfilling...lofty ideals."


Monday, October 24

Beiger Elementary School, Mishawaka, IN Sam-I-Am Program

History Museum, South Bend - Gallery After Dark Dressing Downton Soiree

Concert 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, October 25

Penn High School, Mishawaka, IN Orchestra Workshops
  Fischoff Mentoring Ensembles Masterclass

Wednesda, October 26

Perley Primary Fine Arts Academy, South Bend, IN Sam-I-Am Program
  Muessel Primary Center, South Bend, IN Sam-I-Am Program

Thursda, October 27

Kennedy Academy, South Bend, IN Sam-I-Am Program
  Harrison Primary, South Bend, IN Sam-I-Am Program

Frida, October 28

Private Soiree  


A Recent Review: 2014 - 2015

Akropolis Reed Quintet was selected as the winner of the 2015 Fischoff Educator Award.

Akropolis won the 2014 Fischoff Competition's Senior Wind Division Gold Medal and 2012 Senior Wind Division Silver Medal. As winner of the Fischoff Educator Award, the Akropolis Reed Quintet rceived a coveted endorsement from Fischoff, a cash award, and a week of community outreach programs in the South Bend region from March 23-26, 2015, as part of Fischoff's award winning Arts-in-Education Residency.

Akropolis presented:

Past Awards

Fischoff’s educational programs have received the following local, state and national recognition and awards:

Program History and Impact

Since 1995, the Fischoff Residency programs have worked with a wide variety of talented chamber ensembles presenting creative programs of the highest order to more than 67,981 community children and youth. Fischoff has received six grants from the National Endowment of the Arts in support of the residency program. We are proud to share the following information representing the Residency's history and impact. Click here to see the full list of Fischoff Residency programs.

Education Circle

Fischoff Education Circle, a community of donors whose annual support of $1,000 or more is directed to Fischoff's educational outreach and early arts education intervention programs.

We extend our sincerest thanks to the 2015-16 members of the Fischoff Education Circle

2018 Sponsors

Fischoff's Arts-in-Education Residency programs would not be possible without the generous support of the following:

*denotes in-kind support


This activity made possible, in part, with support from the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County's ArtsEverywhere initiative.